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power question about ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ 990FX

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This board has two power connectors on the very edge of the board by the CPU socket (8-pin and another 4 pin power connector).
My question is - does the board need power from both connectors to work? Or will it be fine with just 8-pin power connector?

I'm trying to run FX-8150 8-core cpu and was wondering if it can do that with just 8-pin connector...


 

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My rule of thumb with motherboards. If there is a socket that can be filled with something, fill it!
 
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My rule of thumb with motherboards. If there is a socket that can be filled with something, fill it!
Thanks, but need something more definitive than that because it may mean that I will need to buy a new power supply since my 750W psu doesn't have that 4-pin cable.
 

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Thanks, but need something more definitive than that because it may mean that I will need to buy a new power supply since my 750W psu doesn't have that 4-pin cable.
its an EPs optional pin, doesn't have to be filled
 
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I hazard that it will work with the following set ups,
using four pin alone (lowest power option for older/cheaper psu's)
using 8 pin alone (or 4+4 if your psu has a splittable block, 4+4 block=8block obv.)
using 8pin+ additional 4pin for overclocking bulldozer as mentioned, (and probably a 4pin adaptor of some sort will be required)
if you have a 'normal I.E. non BD chip, just use the 4 or 8pin as your psu allows, dont worry abou the 'extra' cpu power block until you upgrade to dozer
Moto,

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/299269-12-question-crosshair-formula-extra

EDIT: I will also mention that i am running an 8350 at 4.7Ghz on 1.45v using only the 8pin connector
there is always the option of plugging in the 4 pin molex peripheral instead, as your psu will support that board anyway
 

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To me it is the same as my ASUS RAmpage III Extreme that has two 8-pin power connectors. If you plan to really push the CPU and motherboard than I would plug them both in, if not then just stick with the one 8-pin.
My two cents...
 
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Alright, thank you guys!
 
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Hi, on a similar vain, I just got the same board, and had the same question, but being eager I went and plugged 4 of the 8 plug 12v sockets . It works on my x 4 phenom. What I was puzzled with is that I have an XFX 750W PSU. and it comes with 2 x4 pin connectors on one cable with both connectors close together. Only trouble is that the keying of the pins means I can only fit one of them. I want to upgrade to steamroller next year, but don't want to spend more money . Can I split the cable to make the connectors further apart and then fit each into the 2 4 pin mobo connectors ?